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Workshop & Work Day at Bonny Doon School 9am to Noon, Saturday, August 24

posted Aug 3, 2019, 2:13 PM by Joe Christy   [ updated Aug 3, 2019, 2:22 PM ]

Please join the Bonny Doon Fire Safe Council, Principal Mike Heffner, and the parents of Bonny Doon School for a workshop on Wildfire Preparedness and a morning working to reduce the risk of wildfire at the school. 
We will assemble in the lower parking lot off of Pine Flat Road at 9am for a half hour conversation about wildfire preparedness - at the School by Mike Heffner and in Bonny Doon by Joe Christy.
Afterwards, we will fan out and work around the school grounds, pulling broom and lopping brush until noon. Wear a long sleeve shirt & pants, boots, gloves, and hat. Bring water to stay hydrated. If you have hand tools such as weed pullers, digging bars, or loppers, please bring one or two. No power tools - we don't want to risk anyone getting hurt.
If you own a truck that can haul brush and some rope & a big tarp to hold the brush in on the road - and you are willing to donate one trip to the dump with a load of brush - please bring these as well. We're not sure how many loads there will be, but the more we haul away, the safer our school will be. Thank you, Bonny Doon!

Maintenance of Ecological Reserve Shaded Fuel Breaks Coming This Fall

posted Jun 11, 2019, 1:32 PM by Joe Christy

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) partners with Calfire to maintain shaded fuel breaks within the Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve. The shaded fuel breaks along Martin Road, Ice Cream Grade, and Candy Lane were last maintained in 2013 and new work is tentatively scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2019 .  CDFW also plans to widen the emergency exit road through the Reserve from Warren Drive to Martin Road. All materials removed will be piled on site and burned when surrounding fuel moisture conditions allow for safe disposal. This timeline, however, is subject to the availability of Calfire Conservation Crews which may not be available in the fall due to other priorities such as fighting active wildfires. If crews are not available in the fall, the project will likely be bumped to the Spring of 2020.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Terris Kasteen at (831) 336-8300.

See what one of your neighbors in Bonny Doon has done to mitigate fire danger around their house.

posted Mar 25, 2019, 5:08 PM by Joe Christy   [ updated Mar 27, 2019, 10:35 AM ]

On Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 10am to Noon, LizAnne and Ken Jensen, on behalf of BDFSC will present a workshop on Wildfire Preparations at  377 Westdale Drive (directions and parking below). It will feature:
  • Demonstration of roof sprinkler system
  • Demonstration of eve mister system
  • Demonstration of pool high-pressure water pump
  • Creating a Photo inventory
  • Evacuation checklists – broken out by how much time you have (10 minutes, 2-hours, 8-hours)
  • Signage with instructions for firefighters
  • The importance of Ham radio when other communications are down
  • Demonstration of seven 1-1/2" fire hose run outs to protect property
  • Multiple strategies for making structures more fire resistant
    • Five-foot defensible space around structures (what we've done and what still needs to be done)
    • Thirty-foot defensible space (what we've done and what still needs to be done)
    • One hundred foot defensible space (what we've done and what still needs to be done)
    • Collaboration with neighbors: homegrown shaded fuel break connected to neighbor's property
  • Backup Water Sources: Two 5000 gallon holding tanks and 12000-gallon pool and how we plan to use them
  • Backup Generator and Booster Pump
  • Neighborhood Alarm System
  • Tour of Fuel reduction work along Westdale Drive
Address: 377 Westdale Drive (enter from Pine Flat, go .4 mile down Westdale. Drive is on the left. Open black gates at the bottom, 377 prominently displayed on gates. Additional parking at 415 Westdale Drive
Contact info: LizAnne and Ken Jensen, 831.425.7001 or

March 21, 2019 CERT Wildfire Presentation Slides Available

posted Mar 25, 2019, 4:48 PM by Joe Christy   [ updated Jun 27, 2019, 2:32 PM ]

On Thursday, March 21, 2019, as an optional part of the the Bonny Doon CERT Basic Training class, BDFSC's Joe Christy and CAL FIRE Chief Aldo Gonzalez gave a well received presentation on Wildfire. Joe Christy's PowerPoint presentation is now available.

¡Free Chipping!

posted Mar 25, 2019, 4:33 PM by Joe Christy

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Bonny Doon Fire Safe Council Annual Meeting - Meteorology and Weather Associated with Extreme Wildfire in Coastal California

posted Oct 10, 2018, 3:51 PM by Joe Christy   [ updated Oct 10, 2018, 3:57 PM ]

On Wednesday, October 24, 6:30 – 8pm, at the Davenport Roadhouse, 1 Davenport Ave, Davenport, CA 95017, we will be holding our annual meeting featuring a presentation by Craig Clements on Meteorology and Weather Associated with Extreme Wildfire in Coastal California

Professor Clements directs the Fire Weather Research Laboratory at San José State University and his earliest research revealed how wildfires create their own weather. The Lab’s Mobile Atmospheric Profiling System is a familiar sight at wildfire incidents throughout California when Incident Command Teams frequently summon them to provide specialized observational capabilities and share expertise. The Lab is currently working with Pacific Gas and Electric to establish new fire weather and fuel moisture observation stations throughout PG&E’s territory.
In his talk he will introduce the basics of fire weather, then discuss Diablo winds based on the lab’s observations of the 2017 Tubbs Fire, and go on to describe research that explains why, at this time of year, the relative humidity in the Santa Cruz mountains often bottoms out in the wee hours of the morning.
Admission is free, there will be a no-host buffet, and the bar will be open. 

Contact Joe Christy at 831/515-8389 for more information.

Taco Social - August 25

posted Jul 6, 2018, 4:26 PM by Joe Christy   [ updated Jul 6, 2018, 6:12 PM ]

The first annual Taco Social, planned to be held on Saturday, August 25th will be the primary fund raiser for the Bonny Doon Fire Team this year, and besides funding the Bonny Doon Volunteer Fire and Rescue Team, it is bound to be informative for the community as well as a lot of fun for the entire family.


The Bonny Doon organizations that are sponsoring the event include the Bonny Doon Fire and Rescue Team, the Bonny Doon Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Bonny Doon Fire Safe Council, Friends of the Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve, AREAS, and the Rural Bonny Doon Association. Each of the organizations will have an information booth to share info on how to prepare for (or avoid) a disaster. In addition, CalFIRE, PG&E, and Animal Rescue folks will also be on hand to provide useful information on what to do in the event of an emergency, and how you can prepare yourselves and your family and pets.


In addition to delicious tacos and associated refreshments, there will be live music provided by great local musicians Charlie and Jessica, Bob Peters, and Andy Fuhrman, and activities for the kids, including a bounce house.


This gala event will be held from 2 to 7 PM, so save the date, and we hope to see you there!


We are also looking for volunteers. Tasks include helping to set up on Friday, assisting at the event itself on Saturday, and final cleanup tasks on Sunday

If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please contact

The Home Ignition Zone & Home Hardening Workshop, Saturday, May 5 10am-Noon

posted Apr 30, 2018, 11:38 AM by Joe Christy

The best way to keep your home from burning down is to keep it from catching fire in the first place.

As part of National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day we are having a workshop Saturday, May 5 10am-Noon, beginning at 214 Towhee (map). We'll introduce the Home Ignition Zone concept, a complement to the defensible space concept, and feature a neighborhood tour to illustrate methods of home hardening, landscaping, and community preparedness that we all can use to secure our neighborhoods and protect everyone in Bonny Doon.

May 5 - Save the Date! The Home Ignition Zone & Home Hardening Workshop

posted Mar 28, 2018, 5:19 PM by Joe Christy   [ updated Mar 28, 2018, 5:39 PM ]

The best way to keep your home from burning down in a wildfire is to keep it from catching fire in the first place. That insight, refined from years of studying wildfire in the Wildland/Urban Interface [WUI] led fire scientist Jack Cohen to develop the concept of the Home Ignition Zone [HIZ] in the 1990’s. Since that time, the HIZ concept has been adopted by the National Fire Protection Association, which developed a program of assessing and mitigating wildfire risk in the HIZ.

We have been trained in this program, and to commemorate National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, May 5, we are planning a workshop that morning. The workshop will introduce the HIZ concept and feature a neighborhood tour to illustrate methods of home hardening, landscaping, and community preparedness that we all can use to secure our neighborhoods and protect everyone in Bonny Doon.

Check back for more details as we work them out.

What Drives the Increase in Wildfire Risk in the Wildland/Urban Interface?

posted Mar 28, 2018, 4:19 PM by Joe Christy

Recently the National Academy of Science published the largest nationwide study ever of wildfire in the WUI, right down to the county level. The authors found the growth of the WUI itself, far more than climate change and weather events, accounts for over 95% of the increase in wildfire risk, whether that growth is measured in number of homes, number of people, or area of the WUI. Obviously, the number of homes in the WUI is strongly correlated with the number of people. Surprisingly, the growth in the area of the WUI is almost entirely due to more homes being built in forests and other areas dominated by natural vegetation. Approximately one in three houses and one tenth of the land area of US are now in the WUI.

Two factors are increasing the risk. With more human activity there are more wildfire ignitions, which account for more than 95% of the ignitions. With more homes and people in the WUI, wildland fires are much harder to fight, since protecting lives and property becomes a higher priority than containing and control the wildland fires themselves.

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